Dele Alli stat shows Tottenham have the deadliest young talent in Europe

Melba UnderwoodMar 20, 2017

A hard game, but we like this game, the possibility to see if we have made progress since the beginning of the season - and since the winter when we lost at home to them.

Questions had been asked about how Tottenham would cope without injured striker Harry Kane but they were answered after 14 minutes when Mousa Dembele found Eriksen and the Dane looked up and flashed a low shot beyond Fraser Forster.

Heung Min Son is 7/2 to score first, whilst Dele Alli is 4/1. With the Tottenham defense thinking the ball was going out, Nathan Redmond flicked it back to Tadic, who unchallenged from six yards (meters) out managed to fire over the bar.

Tottenham nearly added a second in the 24th minute, though, as Eriksen picked out Toby Alderweireld from a corner, but Forster produced a fine save and then Saints threatened twice in quick succession.

Southampton manager Claude Puel has no fresh injury worries and he could pick the same team that beat Watford. "It's a great chance for them".

The 20-year-old was brought down by Steven Davis in the penalty area before Alli dusted himself down and converted from the spot in the 33rd minute. Pochettino believes that the Spurs underperformed in September because of the fact that the players were exhausted after the Euro Competition.

Ever since Pochettino turned Southampton into one of the continent's best pressing teams, the Saints' major strength has been their defensive work-rate.

Fortunately for Southampton the ball rolled loose for Cedric Soares and he let fly from range and forced Lloris into a diving save. Their cup run this season has been very impressive and they really should've walked away with the trophy.

Ward-Prowse celebrated his England call-up by scoring seven minutes into the second half after Alderweireld failed to clear a Ryan Bertrand cross.

"The wake-up call is more private inside here than in public".

Subs: Hassen, McQueen, Caceres, Hojbjerg, Long, Boufal, Rodriguez.

"We have good players and we are playing well and other teams are dropping points".

Spurs thought they had found the key to Southampton's success when they poached Paul Mitchell and his "black box" to head up recruitment in November 2014 but they were sold a dud.

The Dutch forward almost found the net on the stroke of full time as he got away from his marker, but Foster denied him with a strong hand.

The Spurs celebrated a 3:2 win over Everton at the White Hart Line, which by the way was their 12 consecutive win at home, along with 2 draws.

Spurs have won eight of the last ten meetings between these two.

The game kicks off at 1415 GMT at White Hart Lane live on Sky Sports 1.

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